SGCI webinars bring together community members across the globe.

Webinar: Cybersecurity for the Modern Science Gateway

February 14, 2018

Cybersecurity for the Modern Science Gateway 

Presented by Von Welch, Director, Indiana University Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research and Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure
Mark Krenz, Lead Security Analyst, Indiana University Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research

Science Gateways may be varied in their individual design and purpose, but can all benefit from a commonly used approach to Cybersecurity. Join security experts from the Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure (CTSC) as they present an easy-to-follow overview of the resources available to start or improve your gateway's cybersecurity program. From this presentation, you will learn the three key cybersecurity aspects that science gateways share as well as the three goals your program should strive to achieve in cybersecurity. An overview of techniques and tools will be shown to provide guidance to those not focused on cybersecurity, but wishing to address its challenges.

Cybersecurity Webinar Slides

Resources mentioned during the webinar:

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Webinar: Building and developing science gateways with Google Cloud Platform

January 10, 2018

Building and developing science gateways with Google Cloud Platform

Presented by Karan Bhatia, Ph.D., Scientific Computing Specialist at Google, and Alicia Salmeron, Program Manager at Google

Join us for an introduction to Google Cloud Platform, highlighting services and tools that enable multi-institution collaboration, scalable system development, and advanced analytics solutions. Dr. Bhatia and Alicia will provide a broad overview of GCP's differentiators and use cases relevant for scientific computing.

Google Cloud Platform Webinar Slides

Resources mentioned during the webinar: Using Clusters for Large-Scale Technical Computing in the Cloud and Running R at Scale on Compute Engine.

Want to sign up for Google Cloud Platform training in a city near you? Contact Alicia Salmeron for a list of upcoming dates and links for registration.

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Webinar: National Data Service (NDS) Labs Workbench

December 13, 2017

National Data Service (NDS) Labs Workbench: A Scalable Platform for Research Data Access, Education, and Training

Presented by Craig Willis, Technical Coordinator at NDS and Senior Research Programmer at National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The growing size and complexity of high-value scientific datasets are pushing the boundaries of traditional models of data access and discovery. Many large datasets are only accessible through the systems on which they were created or require specialized software or computational resources for re-use. In response to this growing need, the National Data Service (NDS) consortium is developing the Labs Workbench platform, a scalable, web-based system intended to support turn-key deployment of encapsulated data management and analysis tools to support exploratory analysis and development on cloud resources that are physically "near" the data and associated high-performance computing (HPC) systems.  The Labs Workbench may complement existing science gateways by enabling exploratory analysis of data and the ability for users to deploy and share their own tools. The Labs Workbench platform has also been used to support a variety training and workshop environments. In this webinar, I will present the Labs Workbench platform and discuss several key use cases. I will also discuss findings from the recent Workshop on Container Based Analysis Environments for Research Data Access and Computing which further highlighted compatibilities between science gateways and interactive analysis platforms such as Labs Workbench.

NDS Labs Workbench Webinar Slides

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Webinar: Making your gateway easy and pleasant to use—An introduction to usability and user-centered design

November 8, 2017

Making your gateway easy and pleasant to use: An introduction to usability and user-centered design

Presented by Paul Parsons, Assistant Professor in Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University

Do you ever wonder why some websites are easy and even pleasant to use, while others are confusing and frustrating? Do you wonder how you might design and evaluate your gateway to ensure pleasantness and ease of use? This month’s webinar will provide some answers to these important questions. The webinar will introduce usability and user-centered design, will present and discuss examples of common usability problems, and will provide an overview of strategies and methods that experts use to evaluate and fix usability problems. At the end of this webinar, participants will (a) value the importance of usability and user-centered design; (b) be able to identify common usability problems; (c) appreciate various strategies for identifying and fixing common usability problems; and (d) be able to communicate with usability experts in an informed way.

Note: During the webinar, Paul recommended Steve Krug's Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fiinding and Fixing Usability Problems as a valuable and easy-to-follow resource for anyone interested in learning more about usability.

Usability Webinar Slides

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Webinar: BOINC - Volunteer Computing for Science Gateways

October 11, 2017

BOINC: Volunteer Computing for Science Gateways

Presented by David Anderson, Research Scientist, Space Sciences Laboratory, at the University of California, Berkeley and Steven Clark, Purdue and nanoHUB

BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing) is a distributed computing infrastructure based on a centralized server that coordinates volunteer computer resources. The volunteered resources can come from a variety of types of systems including home computers, institutional servers, and smartphones. BOINC has been used as the underlying foundation for a number of distributed computing projects. 

Now, a collaboration between UC Berkeley and Purdue is adding volunteer computing to the nanoHUB nanoscience gateway. Owners of personal computers — Windows, Mac, Linux will be able to support nanoHUB by transparently running compute-intensive nanoHub applications in the background on these computers. The goal is to greatly increase the computing throughput available to nanoHUB (perhaps tens of thousands of CPUs) at a lower cost than that of commercial clouds and dedicated hardware. This will support new paradigms, such as uncertainty quantification and anticipated computing, that can add significant scientific utility to nanoHUB.

We will describe the technical aspects of this work — moving jobs between batch systems, and using virtualization to run Linux jobs on consumer devices — as well as our plans for recruiting volunteers.

Our work will become part of the HUBzero software, allowing any Hub to add its own volunteer computing capability. More generally, the technology we're developing will simplify the task of adding volunteer computing to any science gateway.

BOINC Slides (David Anderson's part)

nanoHUB Slides (Steven Clark's part)

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